Here`s your `Travel Calendar` to help you plan festive vacation

Planning for a holiday with your friends, but cannot decide the place and the ‘perfect time’? Well, now you can.  Plan your holidays during amazing Pushkar festival or freak out in Ziro festival of music, from September to October the country is all enriched up with amazing fests.

Thinking to spend your holidays at your place lazing around? Well, it’s time that you grab some refreshment and fasten your seat belt. The summers are bidding a bye and the temperatures have starting to set up themselves in moderate measures. It’s time that you clean the dust off your travel bag and take up your map. With so many things brewing up in the country, you should have some serious travel goal.

NYOOOZ brings you a list of most vibrant and exciting festivals at different places in the country

Ladakh Festival- 17 – 24 September

This eight-day festival has a number of activities to keep you off the edge, like traditional polo matches, village archery competitions, famous mask dances, exhibitions of precious thankas (mural paintings), monks playing musical instruments and the grand opening parade. It’s also an amazing time to try Ladakhi cuisine which includes marvels like mokthuk, thukpa, paba and tangtur, besides khambir and butter tea.

Mysore Dussehra- 21 – 30 September

It is a four-century old festival where the chronicles of the victory of good over evil are replayed when Goddess Chamundeshwari (Durga) killed Mahishasura. In the midst of festivity, a tourist can witness the “Jumbo Savari” in which the idol of the goddess is taken out on an elephant. As the evening resides the gorgeous Mysore Palace lit with around a million bulbs is spectacular to look at. You can enjoy a kite-flying competition which is also part of the festival.

Arunachal Pradesh Ziro Festival of Music- 28 September to 1 October

This four-day festival, hosted by the Apatani tribe of this North-Eastern state’s Ziro Valley offers the most amazing backdrop of picturesque, snow topped mountains for bands from across the world. This year’s line-up has performances by Reggae Rajahs, Damo Suruki, Alaska, Snack Time, Alobo Naga, Rizal Abdulhadi, among many others.

Rajasthan International Folk Festival- 5 – 9 October

Held in Jodhpur, this festival is a must-go-to festival in the list of every music lover. Taking place adjacent to the setting of the striking Mehrangarh Fort, it features folk artists such as Ladu Ram Nayak and party, dhol drummers, Victor Kiswell and Logeshan Moorgan, the Manganiyars of Barmers, among others.

Marwar Festival- 15-16 October 

Also scheduled in Jodhpur the festival is all about bringing alive culturally rich tales of romance, courteousness, courage, valor and sacrifice of the former Marwar rulers both on and off the battlefield.  It is held at three venues, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mandore and the Mehrangarh Fort. The festival is for all those who want to explore by actually stepping into the shoes of people of Rajasthan in its truest form.

Pushkar Fair- 24 October to 4 November

The stillness of Pushkar immersed in the enormous sand dunes takes a turn suddenly as they bathe in the colors of cattle fair. Above and beyond locals, tourists from different parts of the world assemble to contribute and witness the celebrations which include devotees taking a dip in the Pushkar Lake. The festival is full of interesting activities such as camel shows, cultural programs, longest mustache and turban-tying contests and tug-of-war. Such competitions keep visitors enthralled.

Aren’t these festivals sounding fun? Get your calendar and call up your friends to have some memorable time with them. These festivals and carnivals will keep you hooked to the place longer than usual. Do let us know about your travel plans.

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